Indonesia earthquake
A tsunami alert has been issued in Sumatra island after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016.KBK Graphics

Update, 8:10 p.m.: Indonesia reportedly lifted the tsunami warning issued for Sumatra island after it was hit by a massive earthquake late Wednesday. Its neighbour Australia had also issued the tsunami alert, but later called it off.

There have also been reports of some deaths in the earthquake-hit areas, however, there is no confirmation on the number. "There are some who have died," Reuters quoted Heronimus Guru, the deputy head of operations with the National Search and Rescue Agency, as saying.

Original Story:

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning late Wednesday after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake jolted the western coast of the country. The tsunami alert has been issued for West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh, according to Al Jazeera and the local BMKG quake monitoring agency.

The epicentre of the massive and shallow earthquake was 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) deep under the ocean and about 662 kilometres (411 miles) from Muara Siberut, Associated Press reports. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 2004 massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean resulted into the death of at least 230,000 people across several countries, including Aceh province, that recorded the maximum casualties.

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